Hey there!

Thanks for stopping by my blog- a place where I share a bit of my photography, a bit of my life, and a lot of me! I am in love with the life that God has provided me. I live with my wonderful husband in central Oklahoma, in the town of Edmond. I am a wife, sister, daughter, and friend. I enjoy my work as a nurse and photographer. I adore sweets, nature, and my pesky (but cute) boxer, Honey. I feel that I am blessed with a passion for photography, and pray that I am able to bless others through it.

Thank you for being here and sharing the experience with me!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

My weekend

So I'm stuck here with 4 sessions that I would LOVE to edit (and have tried numerous times) but of course my computer is acting up. The last time I remember this happening was last year around this time when I had about 4 sessions in one week that I needed to edit. I think I've learned to never shoot a busy weekend in March.. lesson learned! So as I try to find ways to edit (Deshawna's going to hook me up.. thanks girl!) I figured I'd post a my life post from this weekend. Ray and I traveled up to Tulsa primarily for a shoot that I had, and it turned out to be a jammed pack weekend full of fun and friends!

On Friday when we got up there, I went to my friend's Bryan's engagement party and got to laugh at him and Craig as they played the Kinect (the picture is a snap shot form a video.. very low quality) but a great reminder of all the fun!
Saturday morning we headed to Jim Norton Toyota, that afternoon, we drove off in our new Highlander! Now the baby will have a sweet ride to come home in, and if all goes well, Ray plans on giving this car to the kid for their 16th birthday!
After that we visited with Ray's dad, then headed over to Colten's 1st Birthday party! What a cutie, huh?

I also got to spend some time with my mom, and even though Sunday morning was a bit chilly, had a great time shooting out on my friend Summer's family farm. I'll share pics when I get through these computer issues..

Now on today's agenda is a Perfect Pregnancy Workout with some friends! Woo-hoo!

The Parcell Family- Downtown OKC

This is a favorite family of mine, the Parcells!
Their last shoot was in the park, so we took this one downtown on a pretty Friday morning.















Friday, March 4, 2011

Sea of Green$

Can I confess something?
If you know me, you probably already know this, but I hate to spend money. Both my sister and I do. We grew up learning to save and learn the value of things, but there is some innate thing in me that hates spending money. Why I don't know. I know it's not pride or fear, I think I'm just cheap and I don't think anything is worth my cash. I always think there is something "better" that my money can go toward.
Well today has kinda been about money for me. It started with a trip to the bank with a 2 quart full (and probably 30 lb heavy) container of coins. Ray and I way under-guessed this..
Total price: $142.10 :c)

The next number I found out was the amount of my ticket for "Failure to devote full time and attention to driving".
Total Price: $249.00 :c(

Next on the to-do list... figure out hospital cost. CT of head, sonogram, ultrasound, lab, and 2 doses of morphine..
Total Price: $27, 999.75

I don't have the official ambulance cost, but it was estimated at $1200

We were anxious to know all of the above so we can know how to plan to buy a new vehicle (total cost: To be determined). Then beyond that, provide for this little bundle of joy..

But won't it be worth it to see this man hold his own offspring?
(This is Nathan LaRue, a good friend of ours born last week)

So amongst this sea of $green$ that seems to be flowing out of us...
God lets beauty shine.
I took this picture early this morning before all of the above happened, because I like the first signs of spring, but now I see it also portrays a sign of hope. I live such a blessed life, and I don't ever want to devalue that. Last week I was grateful to be alive and healthy, now I want to grumble about something that doesn't really mean that much to me anyways. Mastercard has it right when they say that some things are priceless.
Thank you for letting me share. I know that some people have it much worse than all this, and I don't want to come off as whiney and spoiled. I simply am sharing my day as I experienced it. I also want to share what a good friend told me just a couple days ago. He is a fabulous guy with a heart for others and a family that just doesn't seem to stop growing. He admitted that they spend more than they make, when you look at the books (not because they spend on credit and go crazy, this is just to care for daily life). He also said that they always have enough. I watch this man work hard, give his time and money to others, support a household, and trust a God who is bigger than this all. And he always has enough.

"And those who know your name put their trust in you,
for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you."

Psalm 9:10

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

My Etsy store :c)

Hello! One of the good things that has come out of this recovery is that I'm getting some things done on the computer that I've been needing to do! Body-wise, I'm doing much better and will return to work on Thursday, but for now, I want to share with you my new etsy shop! I will be selling prints of my photographs on this fabulous site, please feel free to stop by and share with others! To start, I have put up 4 shots from Ghana, but I will continue to be adding to it.

My etsy site: http://www.etsy.com/shop/ashleyophotoart





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